An Empire State Of Mind ………….. In New York

There’s no denying it , the Los Angeles Angels are not prepared to go down without a fight , against the New York Yankees , in the ALCS .Seemingly, in an improbable position and 3-1 down in the best of the seven game series. The Angels were able to salvage their season somehow and came back to win last night’s game in defeating the Yankees 7-6 in game 5. It was a tremendous effort by both teams and in many it ways it has come to define this whole series. As neither team could really gain the upper hand and build on the momentum attained.

Yankees'    players   in  the  dugout   watch  as   teammate  Nick  Swisher  is  up  for  an  at  bat   in   the  ninth  inning  of   game   of the  ALCS  between the  New York  Yankees  and  Los  Angeles Angels .    The   Angels   would   go  on  to  defeat  the  Yankees  7-6   in   the  game  played  at  Anaheim  Stadium  ,  Anaheim , California.         picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty  images/ Harry  How  ......................
Yankees' players in the dugout watch as teammate Nick Swisher is up for an at bat in the ninth inning of game of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels . The Angels would go on to defeat the Yankees 7-6 in the game played at Anaheim Stadium , Anaheim , California. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Harry How ......................

Now the series will return to the ‘Big Apple’ where the Yankees will look to close out the series once and for all. They can ill afford to allow the Angels to believe that this series now becomes theirs for the taking. And though I don’t believe it is beyond them win this series outright. At this juncture I do still believe that this series is still New York’s for the taking. The question that the players on the team and Joe Girardi have to ask themselves – ” …..is do we really want this ” ? If not , then they might as well just fold up their tents, pack their bags and head on home to their palatial abodes. Never-mind the fact, as to what the New York fans and media might think, were they to allow the Angels back into the series and win it outright. They would become the scapegoats and the cannon fodder for the media in the city for the next few months , right up until the resumption of spring training ,next season. That’s the dilemma that would be facing the New York Yankees.

Angels'  teammates  Bobby  Abreu (left)  and  Reggie  Willits  (right)  celebrate   after the  team's   victory   in  game   5  of the  ALCS  over   the  New   York  Yankees  .       picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty  images/  Harry  How  ......................
Angels' teammates Bobby Abreu (left) and Reggie Willits (right) celebrate after the team's victory in game 5 of the ALCS over the New York Yankees . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Harry How ......................

And for the Los Angeles Angels and their undoubted loyal throng of fans. They may well now see this as their chance to get that proverbial monkey off their back , with regard to the Yankees’ dominance over them in recent years . And that’s not just with regards to the postseason but also the regular season as well. A return to the World Series at the expense of the Yankees would be quite an achievement for this team , after what has taken place internally with the organization. The loss of pitcher, Nick Adenhart would’ve decimated the resolve of most teams and led them to seemingly regress as a playing unit.. But for this Angels’ team and their manager, Mike Sciocsia , that wasn’t to be the case. They regrouped and they have played some outstanding baseball after Adenhart’s untimely demise.

Yankees' catcher   Jorge  Posada (20)   tags   out the  Angels'  Kendry  Morales    (19)    in   game   five   of  the   ALCS   played  in  Anaheim  Stadium  ,  Anaheim  ,  California .     The   series  will   resume    this weekend  with  games   6  and 7  being  played    at   Yankees   Stadium  ,  in  the  Bronx,  New  York  City,  New  York.     The  Yankees   currently  lead  the  series   3-2  in  the  best  of   seven  game  series.    The  winners  of the  ALCS    are   due  to  meet   the    Philadelphia  Phillies   in  the  World  Series .    The  Phillies  are   the   current  defending    World  Series   champions.    picture  appears     courtesy   of    getty   images/   Stephen  Dunn   ......................
Yankees' catcher Jorge Posada (20) tags out the Angels' Kendry Morales (19) in game five of the ALCS played in Anaheim Stadium , Anaheim , California . The series will resume this weekend with games 6 and 7 being played at Yankees Stadium , in the Bronx, New York City, New York. The Yankees currently lead the series 3-2 in the best of seven game series. The winners of the ALCS are due to meet the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series . The Phillies are the current defending World Series champions. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Stephen Dunn ......................

Now this series , really has become a series of note , with more than a great deal to play for. Two games to play and just a single win is all that is needed by the Yankees. The Angels will no doubt be determined to take game 6 and even the series at three games apiece. And then look to take game 7 decisively , resulting in knocking off the Yankees in postseason play and thereby ending their postseason ambitions. If the Los Angeles Angels were able to somehow achieve that feat , then the nightmare that was bestowed upon the Yankees by the Boston Red Sox in 2004 would be akin to not only being deja vu , in so many ways. But the mere thought of this Yankees’ team built in large part , from highly paid All Stars , would be deemed the worst nightmare scenario possible for the organization. To have it happen once , would be one thing. But twice ? Well suffice to say , the aftermath would speak for itself. The well versed fans in New York wouldn’t take so kindly to the team and in all probability they would be dumping on individual players. And I would not put it past them to question the birthright of several of those players and no doubt , Joe Girardi, himself. New York sports’ fans aren’t averse to being vocal at all and showing their displeasure against their teams, given the right set of circumstances. So it should prove to be no different for the players of the New York Yankees. And that is despite the organization’s unprecedented success over the years.

Joe Girardi  (center)  in  the  midst  of   his  players    on the   mound  to   discuss   a  strategy  to  be  used   during the  game    against the    Los  Angeles  Angels.    Also  in   picture   is  Yankees'  captain  Derek Jeter (2)  and    And  Alex  Rodriguez   amongst the  other  players.        picture   appears    courtesy   of  getty  images/   Stephen  Dunn   ............................
Joe Girardi (center) in the midst of his players on the mound to discuss a strategy to be used during the game against the Los Angeles Angels. Also in picture is Yankees' captain Derek Jeter (2) and And Alex Rodriguez amongst the other players. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Stephen Dunn ............................

Now we can all contend that the Yankees may well be favored to close out the series , once and for all. And I’m still of the belief that they can and will do it. But if I have any doubts now . It is merely because of the indecisiveness that’s now being shown by Yankees’ manager ,Joe Girardi. He, much like the St Louis CardinalsTony La Russa , can be a pain in the ass ! Now don’t get me wrong as both are undoubtedly talented managers. But there also comes a time when indecisiveness can be a detriment to a team. La Russa essentially through his own indecisiveness allowed the Los Angeles Dodgers to essentially beat the crap out of the Cardinals in the NLDS. By not adjusting to the changes being made by his opposite number , Joe Torre . He played into the hands of the Dodgers , in allowing them to walk Albert Pujols almost ‘at will’ throughout much of the divisional series. Not once, was he inclined to change his strategy. And now this ‘buffoon’ is pondering whether or not to return to the team next year ? The complaint against Girardi , has been his micromanaging and tinkering around with his bullpen and starting pitchers for some inexplicable reason. Should he continue to do that , then it could very well lead to his team’s demise and with being booed out of town. Like I said , the fans in New York aren’t always that forgiving of their teams , managers and owners, as the case maybe. But then again, that’s the same within the realms of sports , the whole world over. And who’s about to deny that as being a fact ? Not you or I , one would hope ?

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and New York Daily News :

Manager Joe Girardi should be fired if the New York Yankees lose to Los Angeles Angels in ALCS

By Jessie Spector , NY Daily News Sports Writer

The Yankees will come home Saturday still leading the ALCS, 3-2, still one win away from returning to the World Series for the first time since 2003, still with Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia lined up to pitch them there.

But let’s get this out of the way now, so it’s not a reactionary thing if the Yankees lose their sixth and seventh consecutive games with the American League pennant within their grasp: So this is not to say that the Yankees will lose this ALCS, but if they do, Joe Girardi should be fired.

It’s harsh, yes, and it’s not easy to fire a manager coming off a 103-win season, but the burden of a collapse in this series would fall squarely on Girardi, who has made decisions in both losses that are indefensible. In both Games 3 and 5 in Anaheim, Girardi’s management of the Yankees’ pitching staff left fans saying to themselves, “What the hell is he thinking?” And that was before Alfredo Aceves coughed up Game 3, and before A.J. Burnett let the tying runs get on base in Game 5. From the time that Aceves came in, and from the time that Burnett stayed in after a long top of the frame, Girardi’s decisions had “mistake” written all over them. Both proved catastrophic.

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Jeff  Mathis (5)   of  the   Angels   as   he   returns  to  the  dugout  having   just  scored  a  run  in  the  seventh   inning   of   game   5   of  the  ALCS    against  the  New  York  Yankees.        picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty   images/   Jacob  de  Golish      ...........................
Jeff Mathis (5) of the Angels as he returns to the dugout having just scored a run in the seventh inning of game 5 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jacob de Golish ...........................

Whilst this is all being played out , the Philadelphia Phillies as winners of the National League pennant , awaits the winner. And as defending World Series’ champions they’re out to prove that they’ve got what it takes to successfully defend their title.
Chances are , the hierarchy of MLB are hoping that it will be the New York Yankees. It’s what they’d no doubt like to see , merely because of the fact the sport of baseball needs the Yankees more than they’re willing to let on. A series without the ‘Evil Empire ‘ as participants and for almost everyone to root against. Well it’s like having a crime thriller without the villain of the piece to root against – with just the hero there , forever taking up the screen.

Truth be told, I want the Yankees in this World Series ! As to whether or not I’m rooting for them to win it all. Well , unfortunately I won’t be divulging that piece of information at this particular moment in time. Suffice to say, I’m no Yankees’ lover or hater. I just essentially love sports , that’s all ! So I’ll leave you with this thought , if the Yankees were to win the World Series . Would it be a ‘good’ or ‘bad thing’ for the sport of baseball ?

“Empire State of Mind……New York “ by Jay-z feat’g Alcia Keys .

Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

8 thoughts on “An Empire State Of Mind ………….. In New York”

  1. Yo just read your comments, of course I’ll chime in on your blog! I really appreciate good writing but more importantly, great sports fans!

    Good stuff here man, I’ll be frequenting your site!

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    1. sportsguyby

      It’s great that we can all have this shared forum to exchange views and ideas. Even if we all sometimes agree to disagree.

      For me sports is far more of a uniter , rather than a divider. Those who think it divisive , only do so because they want it that way and perceive that’s the way it ought to be. Not I , in this case !

      Alan Parkins

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  2. I still think the Yanks will pull this one out but they can’t let up.

    They have lost a 3-0 lead before, need I remind Yankees fans.

    But I think this team is mentally tougher than that one.

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      They may well win but I wouldn’t be surprised were they to lose game 6 and then had to play a game 7. Such are the vagaries of the game that anything can happen usually does . Especially when it comes to the game of baseball.

      If they screw this up then there will be hell to pay. And it’ll be Girardi that they’ll be looking to hang from the rafters.

      Alan Parkins

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  3. The Angels are just behind the Yankees in come from behind wins. The Phillies are third. This should be a rock em sock em final two games. I am a Yankee hater. I saw the Bronx Bombers play in Old Yankee Stadium when I was growing up in North Brunswick, NJ.(1958-1966) I am Philly Kid. We moved there when I was five years old. I am not an Angels fan. But I have special place for the singing cowboy Gene Autry. He was the original of the Angels. In used to go with my grandfather to see the Bums play from 1957-1966) as well.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      Having seen Girardi manage the Marlins – I am avid Marlins’ fan, for which I make no excuses. He did at times tend to micro-manage . And I can’t tell you the number of times that I tend to found it simply annoying. I know the game has it foibles . But considering what happened in game 5 , due to his mismanagement. He’s now placed the team between a rock and a hard place. The momentum is now with the Angels , even if they’re now returning to NY. The pressure now is even more so on the Yankees to win game 6, outright. The last thing they actually want is for the Angels to force them to a game 7.

      Alan Parkins

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  4. Hmmm, I don’t really buy the whole blame Girardi for everything argument. He might be a little over coaching, but in the end the Yankees will win. Watching the Angels day in and day out they are one of the luckiest teams in terms of bloop hits and BS calls going their way, so I guess I can’t count them completely out! We’ll see what happens tonight, but if it goes to a game 7 CC will win the last game for them…

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    1. chappy

      It goes way beyond over coaching as it borders on micro managing on his part. How else can you explain the meltdown that took place ? He didn’t need to put Acevedos in when he did . It’s things like that , that tend to lose ball games . And that’s what exactly happened for the Yankees. They lost the game when they had it within their grasp.

      Alan Parkins

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